According to CNNMoney on Thursday afternoon, NBC has named Chuck Todd the new host of "Meet the Press." Todd, 42, replaces David Gregory, 43, who has been the moderator of the Sunday morning public affairs program for six years. Gregory came on board after Tim Russert who had held that position from 1991 until his death in 2008.
Todd will remain the political director for the network news division, but he will give up his mid-morning newscast "The Daily Rundown" on MSNBC. The new moderator of "Meet the Press" wrote on Twitter that he was "honored and humbled to be in the company of great MTP moderators, including David, Tom and of course Tim. All three taught me so much."
Many had already speculated that Gregory would be replaced by Todd, the NBC News political director and chief White House correspondent. Todd's first day on the job will be Sunday, Sept. 7. He will be the twelfth moderator in the program's history. With him coming to the show, NBC hopes to revamp the program and its weekly ratings.
Since Gregory has already left "Meet the Press," NBC correspondent and MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell will fill in this weekend. Gregory's last day was last Sunday even though viewers didn't know it.
On Thursday afternoon after CNNMoney reported about the change, Gregory confirmed his departure in a series of Twitter messages where he said he loves journalism and serving as moderator of "Meet the Press was the highest honor there is. He wished his colleagues at NBC News well, and he thanked the viewers.
Gregory is leaving NBC as well; however, there has not been an announcement concerning what his next career move will be.
"Meet the Press" is the longest-running show on television. It started on the radio in 1945, and came to television in 1947. During Gregory's tenure, the show's ratings fell to their lowest in 21 years and now ranks third behind "Face the Nation" on CBS and "This Week" on ABC.